Nickel City Splash Masters Swim Team

Upcoming changes to practice schedule

Alumni Arena will be closed Monday August 7 through Sunday August 13. This will cancel our practices on Tuesday August 8, Thursday August 10, and Saturday August 12. We will hold an additional practice on Sunday August 6th from 6:30-8:00 am to make up for some of the loss.

January meet

Online meet registration is up for our Winter Whiteout meet. Below is the link to register:

Support UB Varsity Swimmers

Please consider supporting the college students who are competing for UB and aiming for the very highest levels of achievement competing against athletes from very well-endowed programs. You can donate online at here. Click on the drop down box underneath “donation amount” at the top of the page to choose the last option “other." You will need to specify where you will like to allocate your donation in the comments section

  • Women’s Swimming and Diving Fund: 9361430026
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving Fund: 9361230026


UB will host a Masters stroke clinic on Sunday January 17th from 9:00am to noon. Click here for more information and here to register.

Nickel City will again host the Nickel City Splash Winter Whiteout meet on January 24, 2016. More details forthcoming.

2015 Nickel City Splash Winter Whiteout was hosted by Nickel City Splash Masters Swim Team on Sunday, January 18, 2015
(Niagara District Masters Swimming Sanction #: 045-S001).

  • Meet Director: Lauren Baisden, 91 Alumni Arena Buffalo, NY 14260

Who we are

Nickel City Splash is a masters swim team sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and affiliated with the Men's and Women's Varsity Swim Teams at the University at Buffalo.

What we do

We have coached workouts at UB's Alumni Pool, and we enter Alumni Arena through the back door (on the side of the building which faces the stadium).

How you can join

  • Show up for practice (map) and ask the coach for a two-week trial
  • The coach will ask you about your swimming background and level and suggest a lane for you to try out. Your lanemates will be very helpful in providing additional information.
  • If you decide to join, fill out the application form and pay your dues online (see below for amounts).
  • Join USMS — this is mandatory for all participants
  • Subscribe to the team listserv by sending an e-mail to with the following message, substituting your actual name for "First Name Last Name," obviously:

sub rai-nickelcity-list First Name Last Name

The e-mail account from which you send the above message will be the one which receives listserv messages from the team. If you have difficulty getting subscribed, or want to quit the list or change your e-mail address, please send e-mail to the web tyrant.

Normal practice schedule

  • Tuesday and Thursday morning from 6:00 am to 7:15 am
  • Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:00 am

but check your e-mail and this page for updates and cancellations!

Dues (structure effective October 1, 2016)

Annual membership: $375 for 3 days/week or $200 for 1 day/week
Single-term membership: $160 for 3 days/week or $120 for 1 day/week

Annual memberships are always due on or before October 1st. Single-term membership dues are paid in four-month increments on these dates: September 1st, January 1st, and May 1st.

In conjunction with dues, you must keep your USMS membership up to date.

Swimmers who join the team mid-season will have their first dues payment pro-rated until the next annual or seasonal due date.

Upcoming or recent NC Splash Related Events

The 2ndAnnual Ithaca LCM Swim Meet is July 13-14 at the new Ithaca College Athletic Facility. There are a number of NCS swimmers interested in the meet. Here is a link with additional information on the meet. 2nd Annual Ithaca LCM

Great Article on the Value of Swimming

Here is a hotlink to a brief but intriguing article about the value of swimming. It appeared in a recent issue of the AARP magazine. Check it out! []

Member Update

If you're doing Carly's Crossing, please post your URL to the Nickel City page on Facebook. Check out Jackie's fundraising page.

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